EACC grills ex-director over Sh40b oil terminal

Energy CS Charles Keter and his Ugandan counterpart tour Port of Mombasa oil terminal [File photo 24. March 2016]
A former Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) boss was yesterday quizzed by the anti-graft commission over Sh40 billion tender for the construction of the new Kipevu Oil Terminal (KOT).

Managing Director Daniel Manduku and several past and current port managers will be questioned over the tender issued last October.

Yesterday, former KPA Managing Director Catherine Mturi-Wairi was quizzed by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives to shed light on the matter.

Reports indicated EACC launched the probe into the tender awarded to a Chinese firm following claims it was inflated from Sh15 billion to Sh40 billion, claims we could not confirm.

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It is alleged KPA awarded the tender with the approval of the Cabinet, but this was challenged by one of the firms that had placed its bid to build a new oil terminal.

Recorded statements

All members of KPA’s tendering and evaluation committee, led by its chairman Rashid Salim, recorded statements with detectives between March 4 and March 8.

Others are Adza Zengo, Geoffrey Kavate, Edward Kamau, William Ruto, Dan Amadi, Margaret Shayo, Beatrice Ratemo, Geoffrey Namadao, Raymond Warr, Miguel Pires and William Tenayi.

On Tuesday, Procurement and Supplies Manager Antony Nyamancha recorded a statement and was followed by Yobes Oyaro, who was moved from Mombasa port in last year’s purge and sent to be in charge of Kisumu port.

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According to EACC, Manduku has also been summoned and will be interrogated when he returns from an overseas trip.

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